What: Polar Bear Swim
Info: Beginning at noon at the Firemen's Club, 23 Jackson St., Silver Creek. The free event includes music by Harvey and the Hurricanes and Rock & Roll to the Rescue, food, wine tastings, a chili cook-off and, of course, a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Erie for willing participants. For more information, call 934-3775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the gift
What: Violinist Benjamin Beilman
Info: A program of Bach, Prokofiev, Wagner and Hubay at 3 p.m. in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. The free concert is part of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society's Gift to the Community recital series. For more information, visit www.bflochambermusic.org.
What: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Info: Catch the Irish Classical Theatre Company production of the Tennessee Williams classic when it opens today at 7:30 p.m. in the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. The show runs through Feb. 6. Tickets are $32-$42. For more information, call 853-4282 or visit www.irishclassicaltheatre.com.
The whole thing
What: The Complete "Metropolis"
Why: An original.
Info: Celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Hamburg Palace Theatre at 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg, with showings of the most complete version of the classic film (at 147 minutes long) at 7 p.m. nightly beginning today and continuing through Jan. 20. For more information, call 649-2295 or visit www.hamburgpalace.com.
Pray for snow
Why: A flurry of fun.
Info: From 6 to 9 p.m. today as well as 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 in Delaware Park Parkside Lodge at Parkside and Florence avenues. ($5 to $20 per carload.) The family-friendly event features spectator sports, activities, demonstrations, ice skating, sleigh and carriage rides and a snow sculpting competition. Admission is $5 per person for the entire weekend and free for Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy members. For more information, call 838-1249, Ext. 33, or visit www.BfloParks.org.